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On Thu 18th June the First Minister announced the move to Stage 2 of Scottish Government’s Routemap with effect from Mon 22nd June.  The SFCA welcome this announcement which included some cautious additional relaxations to the current lock-down measures.

This further relaxation of measures has allowed some sporting activities to resume outdoors, providing all activity is consistent with current Scottish Government guidance on health, physical distancing and hygiene.   The three SGBs, working together within Angling Scotland, have taken time to consider the full details of the announcement.  As a result we have put forward proposals, supported by detailed, discipline specific, guidelines to allow competitive angling to resume from Mon 22 June and I am pleased to announce that these have been approved by sportscotland and Scottish Government.

It must however be stressed that we are not out of the woods yet.  These are just the first steps on the pathway out of lock-down and to the full resumption of our sport.  Public health and wellbeing remains the most pressing priority and we all have a responsibility to do what we can to continue to suppress the spread of the virus.  It is for this reason that the First Minister continues to adopt a cautious approach and that the ‘local travel (broadly 5 miles)’ restriction remains in force. 

The SFCA realize that the travel restriction will continue to mean that a significant percentage of anglers will be unable to get back to fishing, and that in the majority of cases individuals will still not be able to attend competitions.  While we know that this will be hugely frustrating for many,  we urge everyone to continue to comply with the guidance and stay local.  To ensure that individuals who are unable to get back to matches are not disadvantaged, the SFCA have decided that the MAOTY competition will not resume, and there will be no Federation national matches until all travel restrictions have been lifted.

So what is allowed from 22nd June?


  • As competitive angling is conducted in a socially distanced manner on an individual basis; from Mon 22nd June, Competitions of up to 25 participants may take place provided that arrival and departure times are staggered to avoid large groups congregating at the venue at the same time.
  • Competitions should however only be undertaken locally and informally at your own club/fishery where physical distancing and hygiene measures are in place.
  • Travel to a competition out with your locality (broadly five miles) is NOT permitted.
  • All coarse matches are to be run in accordance with the Scottish Government Approved guidance which can be found at:

Any club or Fishery needing further advice or clarification of the guidance should contact SFCA Chairman, Gus Brindle on 07812 241816.

Updated (Phase 2) General COVID-19 Guidance for Individual Anglers, Clubs and Fisheries can be found at:

Angling Scotland – Guidance for Anglers, Clubs & Fisheries – COVID-19 (Phase 2)  

Angling Scotland and the three SGBs are commitment to working with Scottish Government, sportscotland and other SGBs to progress plans for the return of sport when it is safe to do so as part of future phases of the Routemap.

Tight Lines,

Gus Brindle, Chairman

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